Savant series computer activated.
Beginning alpha command level briefing.
For your eyes only.
Historical overview ========================================
After receiving a set of CD-ROMs by my dad, labelled "Best of Sierra", I was happy to see, that the contents of Disc 13 were actually playable on my kinda crappy computer these days - there are not that many mid-90-games that are running somewhat smooth on a Pentium-100/16 MB RAM, but Outpost 2 did, and it did very well. So I spend many hours of my childhood with playing this game, or, at least,... playing with the game, if you can call it like that.
Actually, I have played many games before and after, but Outpost 2 was challenging, in a special way, as it isn't the focus to raise an army and extinguish all the enemies as in many other RTS-Games of that time, like Age of Empires or Warcraft; neither it your mission to convoy a single "hero" unit through the game and story, even if Outpost did that in a few campaign missions. But the main objective was simply to survive against a hard environment - and, owed by the hard times, against the morale.
Therefore, I never got beyond the second campaign mission back then, both for plymouth and eden. It was too challenging for me, as I wasn't able to see through that morale concept (nowadays I do), but I still was interested. Lastly I stayed most time in the unit reference tutorials, as it was some way of a "endless game". But the interest kept up, and so I turned back many years after that.
Even if Outpost 2 isn't the very best RTS of all time - there are many flaws, like the pretty small tech tree (compared against e.g. Earth 2150) - but it is still one of the most sympathic ones. I liked the full approach how the game was presented - beginning from the art style, to the savant voice actress, and ending in the fact that there was even a novel.
If the universe of outpost is an option in how to live in the future, I would definitvely appreciate that.
But as Outpost isn't reality yet - some people would thank god for that - I have to stay most time in our reality, and earn my money by programming, as I am a software developer / engineer for a german software company, which is also quite satisfying.
That's also the reason my english might be a bit awkward; as I am not a native speaker and was lazy in the past, concerning learning and especially using that language. Well, bad excuses section is done;
I hope I am still welcome in here, therefore, I'll throw a gentle "Hello" in here - or was extinction already an option?